Saloon
Coachwork: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: B121SP
Sold for $12,100 at 2009 RM Sothebys.
In the post-War era, many of the Rolls-Royce cars were given standard coachwork, known as the Standard Steel Saloon. Managing Director Arthur Sidgreaves recognized that new production methods and materials rendered the marque's traditional manufacturing techniques outdated. This fundamental shift in how the company constructed its automobiles was done to continue the company's commercial success.

In keeping with the company's ability to offer exclusivity, a number of coachbuilders were given the opportunity to create bodies on the R-Type. The list includes Mulliner, Park Ward, James Young, Hooper, Abbots, Radford, Graber, Freestone & Webb, and others.

This R-Type is one of just 29 built with the sweeping and dramatic four-door saloon coachwork by Freestone & Webb. Freestone & Webb was among England's smallest and most distinctive custom coachbuilders. This example is painted in blue over grey with excellent bright-work and a grey interior with smart blue piping and woodwork. There is a center-mounted driving lamp and whitewall tires. The car has an older restoration and recently emerged from storage before being brought to auction.

In 2009, it was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $28,000 - $38,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for the sum of $12,100 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2009

Chassis# B121SP

2009 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
Estimated Value:$28,000-$38,000 
Sale Price$12,100

Analysis

Chassis number B121SP Auction Sales History
2009$12,100

2017 1
2016 3
2015 5
2014 2
2013 5
2012 5
2011 4
2010 5
2009 3
2008 3

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$19,575$19,5751
2016$22,113$33,0823
2015$568,715$1,525,0005
2014$693,000$1,210,0002
2013$193,392$702,6125
2012$483,467$1,622,5005
2011$44,413$106,4184
2010$81,904$141,4635
2009$23,659$37,7663
2008$88,483$197,3663

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Bentley R-Type Saloon Coachwork by James Young
Chassis#:Chassis#:B372SR
Sold for $19,575
  2017 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
 
1953 Bentley R-Type
Chassis#:Chassis#:B358TN
Sold for $33,082
  2016 Silverstone Auctions : NEC Classic Motor Show
 
1953 Bentley Type R
Chassis#:Chassis#:B427SP
Sold for $17,600
  2016 The Finest : Aspen
 
1953 BENTLEY R-TYPE SALOON
Chassis#:Chassis#:B119TO
Sold for $15,658
  2016 Coys Blenheim Palace
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:B125T0
Sold for $30,579
  2015 H & H Auctions - Chateau Impney
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#:BC25A
Sold for $1,210,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
    
1953 Bentley R Type
Chassis#:Chassis#:B113SP
Sold for $59,245
  2015 Silverstone Auction - Classic Cars
 
1953 Bentley R Sedan
Sold for $18,750
  2015 Leake Auctions - Dallas, Tx
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#:BC16LA
Sold for $1,525,000
  2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
    
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#:BC20A
Sold for $1,210,000
  2014 RM Auctions at Monterey
    
1953 Bentley R-Type Drophead Coupe by Park Ward
Chassis#:B9T0
Sold for $176,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
    
1953 BENTLEY Type R COACH HOOPER
Sold for $98,083
  2013 Artcurial Motorcars - Monaco 2013
 
1953 Bentley R-Type James Young Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:B7TO
Sold for $17,591
  2013 H & H - Rockingham Castle
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Special Roadster
Chassis#:Chassis#:B109TO
Sold for $117,420
  2013 Bonhams - The Banbury Run Sale
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Saloon
Sold for $31,255
  2013 Shannons Sydney Autumn Classic
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:BC24B
Sold for $702,612
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1953 Bentley Continental R-Type Fastback Sports Saloon
Chassis#:BC16LA
Sold for $1,622,500
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
    
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:BC7C
Sold for $638,125
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1953 Bentley R-Type Saloon RHD
Chassis#:B84T
Sold for $44,000
  2012 Russo & Steel - Monterey
    
1953 Bentley R-Type 4½-Litre Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:B415SP
Sold for $25,305
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motorcycles, Motor Cars and Related Memorabilia & Spares
 

No Sale

1953 Bentley R-Type's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Sports Saloon by H.J. MullinerBC20A2017 RM Sothebys : Villa Erba $1,000,000$1,300,000
1953 Bentley R-TypeB135TO2017 Barons : Classic Winter Warmer   
1953 Bentley R Type Continental FastbackBC20A2016 Barons Connoisseurs Classic Car Collection   
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental FastbackBC10LB2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $1,400,000$1,800,000
1953 Bentley R-Type Standard Steel SaloonB245UL2015 Historics at Brookland $15,000$20,000
1953 Bentley R-TypeB84T2012 Russo and Steele Scottsdale   
1953 Bentley R Sedan 2011 Branson Collector Car Auction Oct 22, 2011$33,000  
1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback by MullinerBC3C2011 Coys Auction Blenheim Palace $290,000$330,000
1953 Bentley R-Type Convertible Coachwork by Park WardB38CO5R2011 Coys Auction Blenheim Palace $55,000$70,000

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